New Jersey Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers
Slip and fall accidents can occur on either private or commercial property and under many different conditions. If you were injured you may be able to take legal action to recover financial compensation for your injuries as a result of the negligence of the owner or others responsible for your slip and fall accident. If you were injured while in the course of employment you may also be entitled to seek compensation from the workers’ compensation system, as well as the insurance company of the property owner, snow removal contractor, property manager or from the government.
While some people may argue that slip and fall accidents are nothing to make a fuss of, the fact of the matter is, these accidents are often a reflection of dangerous conditions on the property where they occurred. This means that the property owner may be liable for them. Injuries that arise from slip and fall accidents can be severe and, in some cases, life-threatening. The New Jersey slip and fall accident attorneys of the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm understand the how grave these kinds of injuries can be and aim to help victims seek compensation from the liable party.
Kinds of Premises Liability Cases
Slip and fall accidents fall under a larger category of law called premises liability. Premises liability laws allow people who have been hurt by dangerous, unsafe, or toxic conditions on a property to hold the property’s owner accountable for failing to address those conditions. The following are a few examples of incidents that can be grounds for property liability cases:
- “Slip and falls” and “trip and falls”
- Falls due to improper lighting or broken stair handrails
- Falls due to snow or ice such as freeze and re-freeze
- Trips due to potholes in the parking lots of commercial establishments like shopping malls and supermarkets
- Dog bites or animal attacks
- Injuries from broken or defective equipment at playgrounds or recreational facilities
- Assaults due to negligent or inadequate security
- Construction accidents and other workplace injuries
Premises liability claims typically arise when a responsibility to create safe conditions is not met. Personal injury cases resulting from slip and falls can be complicated and it’s important to document the condition that caused your fall. We recommend that our clients try and take photos immediately and get the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses. Slip and fall injuries become much more commonplace in the wintertime, as there is a much higher danger of slipping and falling, or of hazards being obscured by snow.
Slip and Fall Accidents in the Winter
In the New Jersey it is very common in the winter months to have snow and ice present on walkways, driveways, parking lots, steps and sidewalks. Many people fall during the winter due to snow and ice. There are numerous issues that have to be evaluated when someone falls as a result of snow and ice. Our New Jersey personal injury law firm has tremendous experience representing clients who have fallen due to negligence from improper snow and ice removal, lack of salting and sanding, and or improper drainage. There are many causes of a fall down accident that have to be evaluated promptly.
Determining whether or not there is a potential claim depends on many factors, including answering the following questions:
- Where did the slip and fall occur?
- Who owned the property where the accident happened?
- Was there a recent snowfall or ice storm, or did the slip and fall happen due to accumulated snow or ice that hadn’t been removed according to a local ordinance or poor drainage?
Slip and falls on ice or snow can result in serious injury and, sadly, sometimes death. This is why it is important to consult with a knowledgeable New Jersey Accident lawyer to get information about your legal rights.
Black ice is a very common and treacherous cause of slip and fall accidents in the winter months. There are many causes of the formation of black ice, from poor drainage to improper snow and ice removal, such as piling snow up that then melts and re-freezes.
Investigating Wintertime Slip and Fall Accidents
After a slip and fall accident caused by snow and/ or ice, we will conduct an immediate investigation into the cause of the accident. We will examine the scene and review public records in search of any complaints about previous slip and falls or a pattern of allowing snow or ice to accumulate on the property. We will also review recent weather reports, contracts between the owner and other parties and research local ordinances relating to snow and ice removal to gain additional information on the cause(s).
We will thoroughly evaluate and identify all of the potentially responsible parties, such as the property owner or property manager, the snow removal contractor, or others, whose negligence may have led or contributed to the accident. Many times, we have hired engineers and other experts to establish liability against the responsible parties, such as examining the drainage of the area where the accident occurred, or obtaining a meteorological report.
Shopping Mall and Supermarket Accidents
Commercial property owners have a legal duty to people who come onto their property in order to purchase their products or services. Business property owners have the responsibility to make sure their property is reasonably safe for visitors. When a visitor is seriously injured due to an unsafe condition on the property, such as in supermarket or shopping mall accidents, the injured person may seek financial compensation for their injuries, out of pocket expenses, wage losses, bills, and other areas of damages.
Dangers that may present risks at supermarket or shopping malls include:
- Falls due to improperly maintained aisles (such as slippery liquid or debris on the floor)
- Broken stair handrails or escalators
- Trips due to potholes in parking lots
- Inadequate security
- Insufficient safety lighting
Premises liability cases can be extremely difficult to prove. It is often difficult to document the dangerous condition that led to the accident, whether it occurred at a shopping mall, a restaurant, a supermarket, or a retail store, since the dangerous condition is often quickly repaired after someone is hurt. Whenever possible, we urge you to document the dangerous condition that caused your injuries at a commercial establishment by taking photographs and seek immediate legal advice. If you are not able to photograph the area, you should ask a family member or friend. Our firm looks closely into every aspect of your injury, demanding access to store incident reports and surveillance tapes and other potential evidence. In cases involving supermarket or shopping mall accidents, this meticulous investigation is what has allowed our clients to get the compensation they deserved.
Contact a Slip and Fall Accident Attorney
At the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm, our team of experienced New Jersey slip and fall accident attorneys will begin an investigation as soon as possible. Our attorneys have been protecting our clients’ rights for over 25 years on all types of injury cases throughout the state of New Jersey. Attorney Todd Leonard is Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney and he has dedicated his entire career to helping clients obtain the compensation they need. Call our firm at (973) 920-7900 today for a free consultation.